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Tuesday 22nd May 2012

Classic vehicles to be MOT exempt

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The DfT has announced that classic vehicles will be exempted from the MoT test.

The DfT says that classic and historic vehicles are usually very well maintained and have a much lower accident and MoT failure rate than newer vehicles.

Following a public consultation which showed high levels of support for the proposals, vehicles manufactured before 1960 will be exempted from the MoT test from 18 November 2012. Owners will still be able to take exempt vehicles for an MoT test on a voluntary basis.

Mike Penning (centre in pic), road safety minister, said: “We are committed to cutting out red tape which costs motorists money without providing significant overall benefits. Owners of classic cars and motorbikes tend to be enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles well – they don’t need to be told to look after them, they’re out there in all weathers checking the condition of the engine, tyres and bodywork.

“Owners of classic vehicles will still be legally required to ensure that they are safe and in a proper condition to be on the road but scrapping the MoT test for these vehicles will save motorists money.”

Click here for more information, or click here to view the consultation response.


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Comment Well i would not worry about mechanical safety,Most of the classic boys have a engineering background, and sound driving experience.
Gordon Roberts. Inverness.

Comment I have a 1956 Land Rover in my barn, been sitting there since 1981. So, in principle, I could just top her up and blast down the highway. No road tax payable either. Scary?
Farmer McGiles, Perthshire

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Comment Honor - the wording is manufactured before 1960, so if yours was registered on January 1, you're in!
David, Suffolk

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Comment Guess whose classic Alvis was first registered on 01 January 1960 so probably won't benefit for want of one day? Wouldn't you know!
Honor Byford, North Yorkshire

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